Pope Francis appears more popular than ever among U.S. Catholics. One researcher may have found some signs, albeit tentative, of an incipient "Francis effect."
Faith and Justice: A new study shows that the U.S. Catholic church is becoming more Hispanic, but Hispanics are becoming less Catholic. How can that be?
Mark Gray of CARA recommends that parents wanting good Catholic offspring should raise their children Protestant but make sure they marry a Catholic spouse.
True, his advice is admittedly tongue in cheek, but it is based on good social science data. In a fascinating blog posting, Gray, the Nate Silver of Catholicism, analyzes the data on converts to the Catholic Church.
The story of the Catholic church in the United States has become a tale of two churches, shrinking and consolidating in some parts but flourishing dramatically in others.
A poll shows that Pope Francis is immensely popular, but that popularity hasn't brought more people to Mass or the sacraments.